Carlisle 3 – 2 Newport

first_imgThe Cumbrians will know that it could have been much more comfortable had Gavin Reilly finished one of the two clear-cut chances he had.A save from Paul Farman from a Devitt volley came on the blast of the final whistle as Carlisle returned to winning ways. – Advertisement – Carlisle midfielder Jon Mellish took his personal tally to eight for the season as he helped his side bring an end to Newport’s five-game unbeaten run with a 3-2 victory at Brunton Park.His stunning second-half finishing masterclass earned him a brace and added to a crisp first-half penalty finish from Lewis Alessandra.- Advertisement –center_img But the Cumbrians were made to sweat following a barnstorming finish from the Exiles.They bagged a late goal through former Carlisle man Jamie Devitt and gave themselves hope deep into time added on when Josh Sheehan popped a second into the net.But it turned out to be too little too late as Michael Flynn’s out-of-sorts side were left to wonder where it had all gone wrong through the early stages of the game.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Ethiopia’s Tigray crisis: ‘My little brother needs medicine’

first_img– Advertisement – The regional government has also heavily restricted road travel within Tigray, as fighting takes place, according to the UN, in eight locations, including in the sesame-growing area of Humera, where farmers are usually harvesting crops at this time of the year, helped by workers from the neighbouring region of Amhara, in a sign of how the fate of Ethiopians of all ethnic groups is intertwined. last_img

Trump Loses String of Election Lawsuits, Leaving Few Vehicles to Fight His Defeat

first_imgPresident Trump suffered multiple legal setbacks in three key swing states on Friday, choking off many of his last-ditch efforts to use the courts to delay or block President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s victory.In quick succession, Mr. Trump was handed defeats in Pennsylvania, Arizona and Michigan, where a state judge in Detroit rejected an unusual Republican attempt to halt the certification of the vote in Wayne County pending an audit of the count.- Advertisement – The legal losses came as Mr. Biden was declared the victor in Georgia and a day after an agency in the president’s own Department of Homeland Security flatly contradicted him by declaring that the election “was the most secure in American history” and that “there is no evidence” any voting systems malfunctioned.On Friday, 16 federal prosecutors who had been assigned to monitor the election also directly debunked claims of widespread fraud, saying in a letter to Attorney General William P. Barr that there was no evidence of substantial irregularities. Updated Nov. 12, 2020, 7:30 p.m. ET “We are not saying anyone is trying to steal the election,” Mr. Langhofer said.With victories in Arizona and Georgia, Mr. Biden has matched the 306 electoral votes that Mr. Trump racked up four years ago. Mr. Biden was declared the winner of Arizona’s 11 electoral votes on Thursday night after he finished more than 11,000 votes ahead of Mr. Trump. At the court hearing earlier that day, a Maricopa County elections official testified that only 191 presidential votes in the county might have been affected by Mr. Langhofer’s suit. In a lawsuit filed last week, Ms. Costantino and Mr. McCall had made wide-ranging claims of irregularities during the vote count at Detroit’s TCF Convention Center.They charged that some poll workers in the heavily Democratic city were coaching voters to cast their ballots for Mr. Biden, that some Republican poll challengers were not given adequate access to monitor the vote count, and that loads of ballots were improperly brought into the convention center in the middle of the night.Lawyers for Detroit and for the Michigan Democratic Party had argued in court papers that about 100 Republican poll challengers had in fact been let into the convention center, but that some were not allowed to return after leaving once the room filled up. In his first public remarks of the week, Mr. Trump ignored the developments during an appearance in the Rose Garden. But he showed a momentary crack in his previously relentless insistence that he would eventually be proclaimed the winner of the campaign, saying at one point, “Whatever happens in the future, who knows, which administration, I guess time will tell.”- Advertisement – – Advertisement – Mr. Trump’s bad day at the bar began at dawn when news emerged that lawyers from the Ohio-based law firm Porter Wright Morris & Arthur had abruptly withdrawn from a federal lawsuit they had filed only days earlier on his behalf in Pennsylvania. The firm’s withdrawal followed internal tensions at the firm about its work for Mr. Trump and concerns by some lawyers that Porter Wright was being used to undercut the integrity of the electoral process.Then, shortly after noon, a lawyer for the Trump campaign effectively dropped its so-called Sharpiegate lawsuit in Arizona. That lawsuit had claimed that some ballots cast for Mr. Trump were invalidated after voters in Maricopa County had used Sharpie pens, causing “ink bleeds.” The lawyer, Kory Langhofer, acknowledged that not enough presidential votes were at stake in the case to affect the outcome of the race.The lawsuit, which stemmed from a viral rumor that falsely claimed Arizona’s voting machines were incapable of tabulating ballots filled out with Sharpies, was already on the rocks. At a hearing on Thursday, Mr. Langhofer told the court that the county’s vote count had been affected merely by “good-faith errors,” not by fraud, as Mr. Trump has been claiming for days.- Advertisement – A lawsuit seeking to delay certification of the vote in several counties in Wisconsin was filed on Thursday in Federal District Court in Green Bay. On Tuesday, a federal judge in Williamsport, Pa., will hear arguments in a lawsuit that seeks to halt the certification of the vote in several counties in that state. Around 2 p.m. Friday, the state court judge in Michigan, Timothy M. Kenny, dealt Mr. Trump another blow by denying an emergency motion filed by two Republican poll workers who had asked him to halt the certification of the vote in Wayne County — home to Detroit — pending an audit of the count. States have to certify the results of the election — confirming that the vote tabulation was accurate — in order to apportion their Electoral College votes.The ruling by Judge Kenny meant that the formal completion of the vote in Wayne County — and the broader vote in Michigan — could continue on pace. Some legal scholars have suggested that delaying certification of the vote in key states is part of a last-ditch strategy by the Trump campaign to throw the election to Republican-led state legislatures.At a hearing this week in Detroit, lawyers for the city had asked Judge Kenny not to delay certification out of concern about this gambit. In his ruling, the judge noted that the audit requested by the two Republican plaintiffs, Cheryl Costantino and Edward McCall, would have been “unwieldy” and forced the rest of Michigan to wait.“It would be an unprecedented exercise of judicial activism for this court to stop the certification process,” Judge Kenny added. Judge Kenny wrote that while he took some of these accusations seriously, some were too general to be proved and others were “rife with speculation and guesswork.”He dismissed an affidavit by one Republican poll observer charging that computers at the convention center had been improperly connected to the internet, noting that the observer’s credibility was suspect: Before the election, the observer had posted on Facebook that the Democrats were using the coronavirus crisis as “a cover for Election Day fraud.”In between the events in Arizona and Michigan, another court, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, in Philadelphia, handed the president another defeat.The court upheld Pennsylvania’s three-day extension for the deadline to accept mail-in ballots, against which the Trump campaign has vociferously fought. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court had already issued a similar decision, and the U.S. Supreme Court refused to accept Mr. Trump’s attempt to challenge it.As the president was speaking in the Rose Garden, Marc E. Elias, a lawyer who has handled several election cases on behalf of the Democrats, wrote on Twitter: “Another Friday afternoon with more good news coming from the courts.”That turned out to be two more victories in Pennsylvania.In one, a Montgomery County Common Pleas Court denied the Trump campaign’s request to invalidate a batch of mail-in ballots. In the other, a Philadelphia County Common Pleas Court rejected the campaign’s appeal seeking to invalidate five more batches of mail-in ballots.The total number of ballots at stake in the two decisions: 8,927.The Trump campaign and its proxies still have some cases working their ways through the courts, including one in Federal District Court in Grand Rapids, Mich., that closely mirrors the Michigan state case that Judge Kenny ended on Friday.last_img read more

WHO assesses Sudan’s avian flu, confirms 2 cases elsewhere

first_imgApr 19, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – A World Health Organization (WHO) team is reported to be in Sudan today to help the impoverished country respond to H5N1 avian influenza, which was confirmed there for the first time yesterday.Authorities in Sudan announced yesterday they had found H5N1 in chickens and in the owner of an affected farm. The health minister, Tabita Butros Shokaya, said the farmer had been hospitalized with avian flu symptoms and had tested positive, according to Agence France-Presse (AFP).WHO spokeswoman Maria Cheng said yesterday that the agency lacked details about what kind of tests were conducted. “We are obviously keen to have the samples sent abroad,” Cheng told Reuters news service.WHO described the farmer as being in stable condition today and said the team on the ground had conducted tests on him. The agency has not yet confirmed the man’s illness.The team from the United Nations agency will help Sudan’s ministry of health through “technical assistance for active surveillance and strengthening of laboratories to facilitate investigations and confirmation of diagnosis and the supply of personal protective equipment,” AFP quoted the WHO as saying.Meanwhile, the WHO today confirmed two previously reported human H5N1 cases, one in China and one in Indonesia.China’s 17th case occurred in a 21-year-old migrant worker in Wuhan, Hubei province, WHO said today. He fell ill Apr 1 and remains hospitalized in critical condition. Authorities are investigating how the man contracted the virus. No poultry outbreaks have been reported in Hubei since Nov 2005. The man’s contacts are being monitored.In Indonesia, the 32nd case of H5N1 infection has been confirmed in a 24-year-old man from Tangerang who fell ill Mar 29 and died Apr 8, WHO announced. Authorities are still investigating how he caught the virus. The proportions of fatal cases in China and Indonesia are higher than the overall proportion. Globally, the 110 deaths in 196 confirmed cases represent a case-fatality rate of 56% among known cases. In China the case-fatality rate is 65%. The figure is even higher in Indonesia, at 75%. It is not yet clear, however, to what extent people may be having asymptomatic or minor infections that do not send them to the doctor.In other news, the WHO today issued a two-page checklist for infection control for avian influenza in healthcare settings. The compact guidance appeared today on the agency’s avian flu Web site, listed as an “aide-memoire.” It emphasizes many of the points made in a longer guidance document updated in February.In addition, drug manufacturer Roche today announced it has finished assembling a “rapid response stockpile” of 3 million treatment courses of oseltamivir (Tamiflu) for use by the WHO. Oseltamivir is an antiviral drug that plays a key role in a WHO plan to stop or delay a pandemic through rapid preventive treatment and quarantine. “Roche will deliver the required stockpile to an international airport of the WHO’s choosing,” the company said in a news release.The 3 million treatment courses are part of a promised donation of 5 million treatment courses. The other 2 million courses are intended for use in developing countries. Those doses will be ready for delivery at the end of this year, the company said.See also:Apr 19 WHO update on Indonesia 19 WHO update on China 19 Roche news release about oseltamivir donation to WHO read more

GAO finds gaps in federal pandemic planning

first_imgSep 11, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – In an analysis of the US government’s pandemic influenza preparedness plan, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) yesterday called on federal agencies to clarify their leadership responsibilities and recommended interagency testing and training exercises to improve preparedness.Feedback from the GAO is primarily aimed at the Homeland Security Council (HSC), the White House group that authored the federal government’s two pandemic planning documents: the National Strategy for Pandemic Influenza, released in November 2005, and the Implementation Plan for the strategy, published in May 2006.The GAO, Congress’s investigative agency, based its conclusions on a review of federal emergency and response plans, interviews with agency officials, and a comparison of the strategy and plan with six strategic effectiveness characteristics the agency has identified.Report offers support, criticismThe 52-page report acknowledges the work federal officials have done to prepare for a flu pandemic, such as establishing an information clearinghouse, developing planning checklists for government agencies and other groups, and building the Strategic National Stockpile of drugs and medical supplies. However, federal plans do not adequately address leadership roles and responsibilities, the report says. For example, the plans don’t outline how the secretaries of the departments of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Homeland Security (DHS) would share leadership in a pandemic.Recent legislation designating the Federal Emergency Management Agency administrator as the president’s principal domestic emergency management advisor has also clouded the leadership structure, the report asserts.Most of the leadership roles and responsibilities have not been tested in pandemic simulation exercises, the GAO found. “Without rigorous testing, training, and exercising, the administration lacks information to determine whether current and evolving leadership roles and responsibilities are clear and clearly understood or if more changes are needed to ensure clarity,” the report states.Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif., chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, was one of a group of lawmakers who requested the report, the Associated Press (AP) reported yesterday.”It is vital to resolve questions of turf, responsibility, and performance in advance, rather than in the heat of an actual pandemic,” Waxman told the AP.Of six desirable characteristics that the GAO uses to gauge the effectiveness of various federal strategies, investigators found that the national pandemic strategy and plan address only one: defining problems and assessing risks. The documents partially address four of the GAO’s criteria: having a clear purpose, scope, and methodology; defining goals, objectives, activities, and performance measures; outlining organizational roles, responsibilities, and coordination; and addressing integration and implementation.The GAO analysis asserts that the pandemic plan lacks mechanisms for monitoring and reporting progress and strongly criticizes the HSC’s December 2006 status report. The report was intended to cover actions that were to have been completed within 6 months. “However, some of the actions the HSC reported as complete were still underway, and other actions that were supposed to be completed were omitted from the report,” the GAO states.In assessing the final criterion—addressing resources—investigators say the HSC did not project how much the strategy would cost or detail how resources would be used. “Whereas the plan does not allocate funds to specific action items, our analysis of budget documents indicates that the funds were allocated primarily toward those action items related to vaccines and antivirals,” the GAO reports.Recommendations aim to close gapsThe GAO makes two recommendations to enhance federal preparedness efforts. One is for the HHS and DHS secretaries to work together to conduct testing and training exercises. The other is for the HSC to establish a process and time frame for updating the pandemic implementation plan. The GAO advises the HSC to include the following information in its next plan update:Cost, resources, and allocations needed to complete the action items in the planA process for monitoring and publicly reporting on the plan’s progressClearer linkages with the pandemic strategies and plans of other government agenciesStraightforward descriptions of priorities and relationships among action items and greater use of outcome-oriented performance measuresThe GAO says it sent a draft of the report to HHS, DHS, and HSC. HHS responded that it had no comments and concurred with the report. DHS said it agreed with the GAO’s first recommendation—to work with HHS on training and exercises—but was already taking action on many of the shortcomings identified in the report. The HSC did not comment on the report.See also:GAO report on influenza pandemic planning Strategy for Pandemic Influenza Strategy for Pandemic Influenza: Implementation Plan 29, 2006 CIDRAP News story “Feds detail progress on pandemic preparedness”last_img read more

Dubrovnik continues to record record tourist results

first_imgAccording to the E-visitor tourist check-in and check-out system, Dubrovnik achieved record tourist results in the first six months of this year.From January 1 to June 30, 2017, 441 tourists stayed in Dubrovnik, which is 044% more than in the same period in 20, and 2016 overnight stays were realized, or 1% more than last year. . In the first six months, the most numerous tourists were from the United Kingdom, the United States, Germany, France, Croatia, Spain, Austria, Sweden, Finland and South Korea.From January 1 to June 30 this year, 279 guests stayed in hotel accommodation, which is an increase of 821% compared to last year, and 8 overnight stays were realized, 861% more than last year. The most numerous guests in hotel accommodation in the first half of the year are from the following countries: United Kingdom, USA, France, Germany, Croatia, Austria, Spain, Sweden, Finland, South Korea.In the first six months of this year, 118 arrivals were made in private accommodation, ie 245% more than in the same period last year, and 42 overnight stays, which is 399% more than in 483. The most numerous tourists in private accommodation were from the countries: United Kingdom, USA, Germany, France, Croatia, Canada, Australia, Sweden, Finland, Spain.Photo: Dubrovnik Tourist BoardThis June is the best tourist June in DubrovnikIn June 2017 alone, there were 165 arrivals, which is 390% more than in the same month last year, and 21 overnight stays, which is 560% more than in 465. The first place in June was visited by tourists from the United Kingdom, followed by tourists from the USA, Germany, France, Sweden, Australia, Finland, Spain, Ireland and Croatia.Currently, 19 tourists are staying in Dubrovnik, which is at the level of the number of tourists on the same date last year, and most guests are from the United Kingdom, USA, Germany, Norway, Sweden, Australia, France, Finland, Spain and Ireland.Dubrovnik-Neretva County is also growing by 20 percent In June 2017, there were 266.012 arrivals in the Dubrovnik-Neretva County, which is 20% more than in June 2016 and 1.095.106 overnight stays, which is 18% more than in June 2016.In the first six months of 2017 in the Dubrovnik-Neretva County, 639.618 arrivals were registered with 2.338.310 overnight stays. Compared to 2016, overnight stays increased by 21%. The largest number of overnight stays was realized by tourists from the United Kingdom, Croatia, Germany, the United States of America, France, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Poland.last_img read more

Excelsa nekretnine illegally uses the cable car on Srđ?

first_imgInspection was requested due to the fact that even after a series of repeated requests, the City of Dubrovnik was not provided with signed contracts, the Company does not pay the concession fee or fulfill its obligations in accordance with the positive regulations of the Republic of Croatia and the City Council of Dubrovnik. With an accompanying letter, Mayor Franković addressed the Dubrovnik County State’s Attorney’s Office on October 12, informing them that Excelsa nekretnine dd performs economic activity using a general or other good that requires a concession without a concession agreement and without paying a concession fee to the City of Dubrovnik. “By doing so, the Company, in addition to illegally obtaining property benefits, causes damage to the Budget of the City of Dubrovnik,” the mayor wrote to the State Attorney’s Office.Photo: Dubrovnik Cable CarAs a reminder, on October 3, 2017, the City of Dubrovnik officially addressed Excelsa nekretnine asking the Company to submit three signed and solemnized copies of the Concession Agreement to the City of Dubrovnik, as the Concession Grantor, within three days of receiving the letter. The same letter to the Company states that, if copies of the signed Agreement are not submitted within the aforementioned deadline, the City of Dubrovnik will notify all competent bodies and institutions of the violation of the provisions of the Concessions Act.This letter, among other things, drew the Company’s attention to Article 12 of the Law on Concessions, which states: “It is prohibited to perform any activity for which a concession is required, but it is performed without a given concession… It is prohibited to perform any activity that serves or is directly or indirectly aimed at illegal exploitation of the concession, including / or acquisition of material benefits. ”They point out from the city of Dubrovnik. On Thursday, October 12, the Mayor of the City of Dubrovnik, Mato Franković, requested the Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Croatia to conduct an inspection of the operations of Excelsa nekretnine dd in the field of cable car transport.The request for inspection states that the City Council of the City of Dubrovnik, at its 27th session, held on 12 January 2017, passed a Decision on granting a concession for the economic use of public or other property, of which the Concession Agreement is an integral part. based on an earlier application filed by Excelsa Real Estate. The concession agreement for signing and solemnization was sent to the Company on February 7, 2017 by the Commissioner of the Government of the Republic of Croatia for the City of Dubrovnik, it is also stated in the Request.last_img read more

The most popular destination for German motorists is Istria, while Croatia is in third place

first_imgThis is the result of a survey conducted by the famous German automobile club ADAC – Allgemeiner Deutscher Automobil-Club, which was published at the beginning of the year, where it is stated that the popularity of Istria is increasing every year.Thus, the German campers showed the greatest interest in Istria for the eighth time in a row, with a share of as much as 13 percent in a sample of 1,3 million inquiries from users of ADAC’s Travel Planner. In second place is the Italian Lake Garda with a share of 5,2 percent, and third place is occupied by Dalmatia with a share of 5 percent. It is followed by the neighboring Italian regions of Veneto and Friuli Venezia Giulia with a share of 3,9 percent.”When you are declared the most desirable regional car destination eight times in a row and when the Germans declare you the winners eight times in a row, who are our most important and most numerous guests, then we can freely say that this 2018 has started in the best possible way. The announcement itself, at the beginning of the tourist year, gives a big wind to all promotional activities in Germany, especially when we know that the demand for the so-called caravanning it has never been bigger. We definitely need to take advantage of this situation and emphasize it in our performances. The value of this announcement is definitely invaluable in terms of reputation, because money simply cannot pay for something like that. ” said the director of the Istria County Tourist Board, Denis IvoševićPhoto: ADACIn the category of countries, Croatia as a car destination is in third place with a share of 7,6 percent, behind Germany, which is most sought after with a share of 27,6 percent and Italy with 18,1 percent, and ahead of Austria with a share of 6,8 percent and Turkey with 6,2 percent. In addition, Croatia took a high third place on the list of favorite destinations of German campers, after Italy and Germany, and ahead of France and Spain.Croatia ranks third as a car destination and on the list of favorite destinations of German campers, after Italy and Germany, and ahead of France and Spain.As they point out from the Tourist Board of the Istrian County, according to the above research, the camping segment was extremely popular during 2017, so it is expected that this trend will continue in 2018. In this regard, the ADAC has estimated approximately 170 tourist itineraries compiled for its members by ADAC experts – the so-called Routenplanner (route planner) which they then tested to find out the number of users as well as valuable data on the topic of traveling by car and their preferences regarding tourist destinations. “The flattering results of ADAC’s research greatly contribute to the marketing distribution and better perception of Istria as a destination in Germany – the most important target market of Istrian tourism. Also, diversification in relation to other tourist regions contributes to the strengthening of the Istrian brand and its media presence in Germany, but also in Western Europe.”Ivosevic concluded.The results of the ADAC survey are published in the ADAC Motorwellt magazine, which is published in more than 13 million copies, and on their website. In which is very much in favor of the first-placed regions, including Istria. Free advertising that we can’t buy, but we can certainly and only deserve. And we can only do that as excellent hosts and strategic development of tourist destinations.last_img read more

Sales Mingle: How to sell Croatian Summer 2020?

first_imgSponzori:, Medora Hotels & Resorts / Partneri: Ex-Alto d.o.o., RD Digital d.o.o., Auto Maritea, IKEA, Heineken I brojna druga pitanja, savjete, ideje i prodajne priče čuti ćemo u četvrtak 07.05.2020 starting at 11:00 h. Imamo li sada rješenja za probleme koji su godinama „stopirali“ hrvatski turizam i nudili nam se da ih preokrenemo u naše prednosti? (problem  domaćih turista i problem ponude, odnosno turističkog proizvoda) Will we know how to use it and in what way? Can we expect tourists this year?What will summer 2020 look like? To whom and how to sell the Croatian summer 2020?  We have heard how some industries have coped with all this in previous editions, and how tourism that “feeds” the Croatian economy will rise from the ashes, we will hear in the new edition of Sales Mingle, which will try to answer the question that currently everyone is asking: How to sell Croatian Summer 2020? U posljednjim mjesecima prošli smo nekoliko faza. Iz sasvim normalnih, „naučenih“ situacija došli smo do nepoznatih i  neizvjesnih situacija. Goran Rihelj, CEO, You can sign up for the webinar HERE Ivana Alilović, director of the Zagreb County Tourist Board guests: Moderators: Davor Bilman and Vedran Sorić Zrinko Kamber, predsjednik Uprave Medora Hotels & Resortslast_img read more

From 2021 to the UK again with a passport

first_imgBritish Airways has announced that it will operate again on the currently suspended routes from the end of October, including the London-Zagreb route. The new rule also applies to visitors from Switzerland, Iceland, Norway and Liechtenstein. The British government has decided to return to passports claiming that ID cards are less secure. British Airways cut off traffic to all Croatian airports in September, except Dubrovnik. The London – Dubrovnik line operates regularly all the time, and according to the company’s current announcements, it should also operate in the first days of November. Citizens of the European Union will be required to enter the United Kingdom, instead of the identity card that is still valid among the remaining 27 members of the Union, from October 2021. passport required again. It is not yet known whether the 27 European Union countries will introduce a measure of reciprocity, but unlike most European countries, the British use a passport and driver’s license more than an ID card. The British government (October 08) announced that all passengers coming to the UK from the European Union will need a passport again, reports the portal Croatian Airlines. center_img Photo: British Airways From that date, the company will operate between London and Zagreb four times a week, every Tuesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. British Airways in Zagreb again from the end of October On September 06 this year, British Airways temporarily canceled the London Heathrow – Zagreb route, leaving the possibility of re-operation on this route from the beginning of the winter flight schedule. According to the information from the headquarters of this company, that will happen soon. British Airways will operate on this route again from Sunday, October 25th.last_img read more